A tooth filling is commonly used to repair a cavity. First, your Glendale Heights dentist will clean the affected tooth, remove the decay and seal the area with filling material. Dental fillings prevent further damage by keeping bacteria out. There are several types of fillings including silver amalgam, composite, gold, and porcelain.
Traditional amalgam and white composite are the two main types of dental fillings in Glendale Heights, IL. Each material is durable and will restore your tooth, but Dr. Anumula will advise you on the most suitable material based on the size and location of the cavity.
Silver-colored fillings are the oldest and most commonly used material. Amalgam is most affordable for patients and easy for dentists to apply. This option is made from a combination of metals including silver, mercury, copper, and tin. The strength and durability of amalgam tooth fillings make this the go-to material for repairing large cavities or restoring back teeth. The molars are most responsible for chewing, and silver amalgam can withstand the long-term impact. On average, silver fillings about 10 years.
The tooth-colored composite resin is a popular filling choice because it matches the color of your natural teeth. Composite fillings consist of a mixture of glass or quartz which creates a strong, natural looking filling that is best suited for minor to mid-sized tooth restorations typically in the front of the mouth.
If more specialized treatment is needed to alleviate pain or repair tooth damage, your dentist in Glendale Heights may suggest root canal therapy, extraction or a dental crown.